Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 5, 2012

Preparation

Luke 22:8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover celebration. They were unaware this would be their last meal with Jesus. They were unaware He would be taken away by one of their own and scourged and nailed to the cross. They got caught up in the celebration and could not see the signs of increasing aggression. Their minds were still filled with the celebration of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our minds, too, are filled with many things. As we look toward tomorrow (what we call Good Friday) we are thinking of shopping for new Easter outfits, eggs and candy. Some are busy preparing for guests. Not many churches have a service on Thursday to prepare for Friday. Not many churches have services on Good Friday. Even few people attend. We are too busy doing things that will quickly be forgotten. Our question is are we searching our hearts and lives for the things that separate us from God? Are we allowing ourselves to realize what He did for us? Are we admitting we did not, do not and never will deserve such love and grace and mercy? Let us take time today to realize who we really are without God’s Holy Spirit in us. Let us prepare today for confession tomorrow and a determination to turn our backs on our carnal attitudes and get our priorities, God’s priorities, in order in our hearts, minds and lives.

February 23, 2012

Forty Days

Genesis 7:12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights

Exodus 24:18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights

Numbers 13:25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.

Matthew 4:2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry

Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Why does Lent last 40 days? This is a very significant time of preparation in both the Old and New Testaments. There are many other references in addition to the ones I’ve quoted here. All of the deal with preparation for something: 40 days of rain to prepare the earth for renewal, 40 days on the mount for Moses to receive the 10 commandments, 40 days for the Hebrew spies to search out the land in preparation for the Hebrews to enter and occupy it. Most significant for us is the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in preparation for His revealing His ministry as the Son of God and the culmination of the atonement for our sins. He balances it with another 40 days after His resurrection in preparation for the building up of the Church. Now we take 40 days to prepare ourselves to become more mature in our faith and ministry. Each one of us is called into ministry – ministering the Word, Light and Love of God to all those He brings into our path. We take time to prepare by refreshing in this way 2 times a year: Lent and Advent. Why do we need this? If Jesus, God’s Son, needed to do this how much more do we need to take these times to slow us down from the clutter of this world and renew our minds and spirits to “be about our God’s (our Father’s) business. Let us renew so we can go and serve preparing all for the coming of the Kingdom of God.

December 1, 2011

Advent 5

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John 1:6-7 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.

John, known as the Baptiser, was called by God to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus – our light.  We are also called by God to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus – His coming for His Bride, the Church.  As we celebrate the Advent season are we making known not only the birth of Jesus as a man but also the death of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection of Jesus for our eternal life with God?  Shopping, baking and going to parties are all fun and there is nothing wrong with any of those activities.  Our problem is in keeping Christ in each one of them.  Scripture tells us to give glory to God in everything we do.  Let us not be more concerned about offending someone by talking about our Lord and speaking blessings on them than we are about offending God by not shedding His light on those around us.

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